However Trae Young is more than just a trigger man, he is a phenomenal scorer as well. Among the 14 men to average eight or more assists for a rookie season, only Oscar Robertson in the 1960-61 season, posted a higher scoring average than the 19.1 points per game that Trae Young posted 58 years later!
The fact that Trae has “in the gym range”, opens up driving lanes for him. Finishing at the rim was listed as a weaknesses on the scouting report for Trae Young. However that proved to be very inaccurate last season.
Did you know that Young attempted 27 percent of his shots within three feet of the basket and converted on an impressive 56 percent of those opportunities? He actually attempted more shots at the rim than “you know who“. Conversely, Trae Young led the entire NBA in long three pointers made, so he is definitely a multilevel scorer.
When a player is able to knock down shots from the half court logo, he most be respected as a dangerous man at all times:
Having the skill set to shoot from long-range, finish inside, and break down opponents with his exquisite ball handling ability, teams started to double team and trap Trae Young all over the court. Often Trae Young was able to make teams pay, by utilizing the finishing skills of John Collins.
Trae also got great help when passing to spot up shooters such as Kevin Huerter, Vince Carter and Taurean Prince, who is now a member of the Brooklyn Nets. The Ringer gave Trae Young a great grade in their mid-season report card series. They took a look at his many offensive talents, in the Tweet below: